Havana, Cuba.-The role of renewable energy in the economic and sustainable development of Cuba was highlighted by participants in a world conference on this field, opened today and attended by some 200 delegates from more than 20 countries.

Joel Morales, President of the Organizing Committee of the 9th International Conference on Renewable Energy, Energy Saving and Energy Education ‘CIER 2017′, said in his speech that the meeting is an excellent opportunity to share experiences and join efforts given the present challenge of achieving sustainable energy development.

Morales, also director of the Research Center for Renewable Energy Technologies (Ceter), said that the use of renewable energy sources and their future implementation in Cuba and the Caribbean are the main objectives of the specialists’ agenda.

‘The efficient consumption of renewable sources and the search for other ways to use them, will provide the electricity infrastructure with further increased supplies’, said Morales.

The general program of the conference, held at the Habana Libre Tryp Hotel, includes international workshops related to hydrogen as alternative fuel, biofuels, biomass, efficiency, and solar and wind energy, and a session to promote foreign investment in these fields.